6 Advantages of Home Humidity Control
As the global trend towards being healthy continues to rise, more and more people are turning their focus to their home ecosystem to find easy ways to make improvements. In the last year of 2020, home health has become critically important as millions of people were bound to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The quality of the air in your home has a measurable effect on your health, your ability to concentrate, and your mood. Studies have shown that an indoor humidity level of between 40-60 percent relative humidity is the ideal range to protect the health of your loved ones and your living environment, especially if you live in a drier area or an older property. Condair’s HumiLife humidifiers can easily help you maintain this humidity level in your home.
Here are six key advantages associated with home humidity control.
1. Reduces Illness due to Viruses, Fungi, and Bacteria.
When we speak, cough or sneeze we emit tiny aerosol particles that stay suspended in the air. These particles may contain pathogens like viruses, fungi or bacteria and are one of the ways that illness can spread from person to person. Indoor humidity plays a significant role in these pathogens’ ability to survive in the air around us.
In dry indoor climates, which have a relative humidity of less than 40 percent, water evaporates faster and creates crystallized aerosols. This leads to the viruses in these aerosols to stay suspended in the air longer, continuing to infect those who are breathing that air. If you have excessively high air humidity of above 60 percent, the salt concentration in the aerosols becomes very low which has a direct effect on the survival rate of the viruses. Keeping your household humidification regulated and controlled within the recommended range of 40 to 60 percent relative humidity is the best way to protect against unwanted colds and illness, particularly during the winter when the heater is on and normally drying out the air inside. Instead of having a humidifier for every room which require a lot of maintenance, install a whole home residential humidifier, such as the HumiLife RH with its low maintenance, high quality hygiene steam solution.
2. Improved Immune System Response
Your immune system has a lot to fight off these days, between cold, flus, and other viral infections. In order to give your immune system a fighting chance, there are several ways you can actively promote good health from taking vitamin supplements to keeping your home indoor humidity in the 40 to 60 percent relative humidity range. From a medical perspective, an indoor temperature of 20 to 24OC and a relative humidity of 40 to 60 percent provide active health protection for you and your family (including your fur babies). These conditions create an indoor climate that is optimal for humans and minimizes the risk of flu and common cold viruses, which means your immune system has less fight off. Nobody likes having a cold or the flu, so humidifying your home with a HumiLife RE humidifier is the obvious solution for providing active protection for a healthy home and strong immune system.
3. Minimizes Dry Throat, Skin, and Eyes
Winter is particularly rough on us, not only is it cold and grey but the air is incredibly dry which leads to dry throats, skin and eyes. Relative humidity drops rapidly when the cold, dry winter air enters your house through the ventilation systems and is heated, leaving the indoor climate even drier. Occupants will start noticing that their skin will crack and feel itchy and can even lead to extreme cases of irritations and inflammations occurring. When the air is sufficiently humidified, the protective layer of moisture around the skin is preserved, which keeps us looking fresh and radiant. In the case of our eyes, tear fluid evaporates to a greater extent if your eyes are exposed to an excessively dry indoor climate. Over time, the tear film may even become thinner or tear. To ensure the wellbeing of your eyes, 40 to 60 percent is urgently recommended in order to keep your tear film intact. HumiLife can help you maintain active health protection for your and your family with our line of residential humidifiers, even throughout the harsh winter season.
4. Reduces allergies symptoms.
Your home should be the place where you are most comfortable. Unfortunately, due to microscopic house dust, your home could be the cause of allergic reactions in the form of sneezing, eye irritation, or even asthma. Fortunately, you can reduce these symptoms and get your allergies under control with the right humidity being maintained by a HumiLife humidifier. Experiments have shown that the adhesion of moistened dust to smooth floors increases rapidly around 40 percent relative humidity and above. The allergenic substances stick together, form clumps, and sink to the floor more quickly. However, levels above 60 percent relative humidity increases the risk of mold, so the perfect range is 40 to 60 percent relative humidity. Being able to maintain that specific range of humidity is easily achievable with our convenient set it and forget it cellphone app!
5. Improves your quality of sleep.
Getting a solid 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep is absolutely critical to maintaining good health, both physically and mentally. Active air humidification in your home will positively influence the quality of your sleep and help you start the day raring to go. An ideal indoor climate will help keep that annoying tickle in your throat and even excessive snoring to a minimum so you can sleep more peacefully. A good nights rest also makes you less susceptible to infections during the day. We put our bodies through a lot, and expose it to so many hazardous external variants during any given day, so during the night you need to give your body time to recuperate and regenerate you for the next day. In particular, babies and children are even more sensitive to the air humidity due to them having a significantly higher proportion of water in their bodies than adults. If your baby or child is not getting restful sleep, you will definitely know about it and this will put an end to a good night’s sleep for the entire family!
6. Protects valuable items such as wood flooring, wood furniture, art, and wine collections.
Your home and the items you have in it are extremely valuable to you. You keep your doors locked and even may have invested in a security system in order to keep those items protected, but don’t forget to protect them from the dry, damaging indoor air of your home as well. If you have wooden floors and furniture, keeping them looking new and beautiful for a long time can come down to the ideal humidity in the indoor climate. As a hygroscopic material, wood absorbs moisture from the air or releases it into the atmosphere. Warm air can store more moisture than cold air, so this is why wooden floors and furniture will often look new, even after decades, in tropical climates like parts of South America. In climates such as in North America, the air will extract moisture from materials if the air humidity is low. Often this will damage the cellular structure and cause cracks, dents, detuning and tension. Minimizing the difference between humidity levels in the wood and its environment is an effective remedy. For your artwork, besides temperature and illumination, air humidity is also crucial for the correct presentation and conservation. Materials such as the primer, barrier, paint, and protective layers expand or shrink when the temperature or air humidity change. These processes place a burden on the materials and may damage them in cases of prolonged exposure. Constant, balanced air humidity of 55 to 60 percent relative humidity will help to preserve precious artwork. For your wine storage, a perfect environment has an enormous influence on the quality. It is important that expensive wines stored for longer periods of time are kept in ideal temperature and air humidity to extend their shelf life. For wine cellars specifically, the ideal relative humidity is 70 to 75 percent. Condair’s HumiLife humidifiers can help to protect your valuables, with our simple to operate, self-sufficient systems.
With the clean, pure, and controlled hydration produced by a highly efficient residential humidifier such as those of Condair's Humilife, living comfortably and healthily has never been easier. Make your home a comfortable, safe and healthy place to live for yourself, your family, and even your pets!